Situated by the polar circle, the municipality of Jokkmokk is a centre for the indigenous people, the Sami. For that reason the area has been protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site (Laponia). Reindeer herding and tourism are important parts of the regional economy, naturally highlighting the concept and practice of sustainability.
Jokkmokk is also a centre for climate-friendly energy production: almost 70% of the households are connected to biomass district heating and roughly 15% of Sweden’s hydropower (ca 7% of total electricity) is produced here. The municipality is a member of a green city-network “Ekokommuner” and has already signed the EU Covenant of Mayors.
Together with other municipalities in the region and the Universities of Luleå and Umeå, Jokkmokk coordinates education, trainings and research in the region, offering courses also in the area of energy. The municipality of Jokkmokk has initiated Jokkmokk Winter Conference.
Jokkmokk municipality will serve as a pilot community for the NNCC project, aiming specifically at improved cooperation with partner municipalities and stakeholders in Norway.